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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ronald Gene (Ron) Eikenberry (January 12, 2018)

Ronald Gene (Ron) Eikenberry, 82, passed away January 12, 2018 at home, in the loving arms of his family, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s and dementia. Ron was born June 2, 1935 in Greenville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Velma (Deeter) and Myron A. Eikenberry, and by his brother, Nils G. Eikenberry.

Ron graduated from Greenville High School (GHS) in 1953, received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1957, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Miami University in 1961, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Ohio State University in 1967. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Ron’s career in Education began as a teacher in Kettering Schools in Kettering, Ohio, continued as a Principal in Southwestern Schools in Grove City, Ohio, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, District 88, Villa Park, Illinois, and Superintendent of Schools in New Philadelphia, Ohio. In 1976, he returned to Greenville to join the family business of Eikenberry’s Foodliners.

Ron was an athlete all of his life, playing football at GHS and Harvard, and basketball and track at GHS, where he still holds the school record for the 100 yard dash. He was elected to the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 for his athletic accomplishments. Ron was an avid golfer all of his life.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Judy Knoll Eikenberry, daughters Susan (Reggie) Bitter, Avon Ohio, Sara (Daniel) Barkdoll, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, son, John (Stephanie) Eikenberry, Portland Oregon, and sister, Mona (George) Ludwick, Juno Beach, Florida. Also surviving are grandchildren Sam, Jake and Julia Bitter, Bethany (Jimmy) Rice, Abigail (Jason) Rueger, Josiah, Benjamin, Daniel and Jeremiah Barkdoll, Fiona and Liam Eikenberry.

Ron served on the Greenville School District Board of Education for 9 years and was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge and Lions Club for many years. Ron enjoyed golf, family, reading, traveling and ice cream!

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20th, 2 pm, at the First United Methodist Church, 202 W. 4th St., in Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Terry Cavanaugh officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 19th, 5 pm- 8 pm at Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, 1499 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio.

The family has requested that donations in lieu of flowers be given to the First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 202 W. 4th St., Greenville, Ohio or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, michaeljfox.org, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5014.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, January 12, 2018

Kathryn Marie Lawson (January 8, 2018)

Kathryn Marie Lawson age 63, of Sidney and formerly of Greenville passed away at 5:10 AM on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Sidney Care Center.

Kathryn was born November 17, 1954, in Greenville to the late Charles & Mary (Jones) Barnes. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was also preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond & James Barnes.

Kathryn is survived by her children, Karen Gasson of Piqua, Stacy Lawson of Dayton, Kayla Lawson of Ohio and Jeremy Lawson of Ohio; 8 grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Massey of Piqua and Shirley Bolin of Piqua.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Vivian (Schaar) Falknor (January 9, 2018)

Vivian (Schaar) Falknor, 92, of New Madison, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.

She was born August 13, 1925 in Butler Township, Darke County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Otto and Ruth (Charles) Schaar.

In addition to her parents, Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Falknor; and her grandson, Michael Falknor.

Vivian enjoyed crocheting, traveling, gardening, reading, refinishing antique furniture, and weaving rugs out of recycled fabrics.

Vivian is survived by her children, Lee (Barbara) Falknor of New Madison, Lonnie (Brenda) Falknor of Versailles, and Lyle (Brenda) Falknor of Bellevue, Ohio; her grandchildren; Krista (Bill) Gray, Meggan (Brandon) Moore, Nathan Falknor, Mark Falknor, Ryan (Erin) Falknor, David (Kristie) Falknor, Ben Falknor; 11 great grandchildren; her brother, Harold Schaar of New Madison; her sister, Jane Chambers of Eldorado; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 PM at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Sam Shilot officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

John-Anna Kathryn (Griffin) Beam (January 8, 2018)

John-Anna Kathryn (Griffin) Beam, 39, of Union City, Ohio passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 in Union City, Ohio.

She was born on August 7, 1978 and is survived by her mother, Diane (Ashley) Griffin of Greenville, Ohio; her father and his wife, David and Marilyn Griffin of Piqua; and her biological father, John Bingham of Muncie, Indiana.

John-Anna was many things: a wife, a mother, a daughter and a sister. Such titles seem inadequate to describe the person she was to us. She was the most giving person you would have ever met. She was always helping others, and was only a phone call away if you needed her. John-Anna loved to cook and was great at it. She also enjoyed searching thrift stores for deals and treasures. She was a devoted mother and loved her children dearly! She would do anything for them, and loved the time she shared with them. She was a devoted and loving wife. There will not be a day that goes by where she is not remembered and missed.

John-Anna is survived by her husband of 17 years, Ronald Beam, whom she married on July 29, 2000; her children, Alex Beam of Greenville, Andrew Beam of Union City, Ohio, and Bree-Anna Beam of Union City, Ohio; her stepchildren, Nona Hofacker of Greenville, Christopher Gordon of Bridgeport, Ohio, and Dustin Mullins of Winchester, Indiana; her siblings and their spouses, David and Acie Griffin of Greenville, Nick and Tosha Griffin of Nanakuli, Hawaii, and Jean-Nette Griffin of Celina. She also leaves behind her step siblings and their spouses, Mike and Christy Griffin of Richmond, Indiana, Eric and Rebecca Griffin on New Castle, Indiana, Ian and Kimberly Supinger of Piqua, Mandy and Shane Hinkle of Piqua, Tracy Bashore of Ansonia, Anita Best of Ansonia, and Janie Crest of Versailles; her grandfather, Howard Griffin of Rushville, Indiana, and countless nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Tony Stephens officiating. The family invites all guest to a meal following the celebration to spend time together sharing stories and memories of John-Anna.

Family and friends may visit on Sunday from 3 to 4 PM at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to John-Anna’s family to help with any expenses this tragedy has caused.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oliverfloyd.com.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Venetia R. Jay (January 7, 2018)

Venetia R. Jay, 56 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday January 7, 2018 at 7:45 PM at Heartland of Greenville. She was born March 5, 1961 in Greenville, Ohio the daughter of the late Janice (Downey) Barnes and her step father Howard Barnes of Greenville.

She is preceded in death by her mother; grandparents: Glen & Dorothy Downey, & Alta Mae Garland;

She is survived by her stepfather: Howard Barnes of Greenville; brothers & sisters in law: John & Karen Jay of Greenville, William Jay of Greenville, & Tom Jay of Greenville; nieces & nephews: John Wagner, Kristy Collier, Cassandra Jay, Brandon Jay, Zachary jay, Samantha Jay, Jason Ford, Nathan Ford, & Nicole Ford.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Robert Donald MacKenzie (January 7, 2018)

Robert Donald MacKenzie, age 90 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:05 PM Sunday January 7, 2018 at Reid Health Care Center Richmond, Indiana. Bob was born August 4, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio and the son of the late Robert Glenn and Josephine (Ehrard) MacKenzie.

He retired in 1983 from Dayton Power & Light Company where he had been employed for 35 years.

Bob was a Veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a very active member of the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Also a member of the Greenville Elks Lodge and had service as Exalted Ruler from 1970 until 1971 as well as a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge, both of Greenville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann (Connolly) MacKenzie October 9, 2012; 3 sisters and a niece.

Bob is survived by his children Patrick (Mary Ann) MacKenzie of Centerville, Diane MacKenzie, Michael MacKenzie, Susan (Mike) Shroyer, and Kevin (Lori) MacKenzie all of Greenville; grandchildren Matthew (Sherry) Sharp, Monty (Christena) Sharp, Molly (Sam) Price, MacKenzie (Jared) Gary, Nicki (Jared) Gillespie, Joe (Mey) MacKenzie, Katie (Curtis) Hill, Tony (Emily) MacKenzie, Andrew (Sylvia) MacKenzie and Abbey (Will) Adams; step grandchildren Alyshia, Jordan and Lynee’ Gary, Melissa Shroyer and Ashley (Justin) McCool; 13 great grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren , 1 great great grandchild and Special Friend Elaine McMahan of Greenville.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday January 13, 2018 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor David Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Church Cemetery of Greenville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in funeral home. The Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct Full Military Services Saturday morning in the funeral home.

It lieu of flowers the family requests that Memorial Contributions be given to the Charity of your choice.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Ronald Lee Sheets (January 3, 2018)

Ronald Lee Sheets, 68, of Springfield, Ohio, passed away, unexpectedly, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Springfield, Ohio.

Ronald was born on April 30, 1949 in West Virginia to the late Arvie and Betty (Grogan) Sheets.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Warton) Sheets; his sister, Donna Daniel; his nephew, Corey Lee Sheets; and his sister-in-law, Holly Sheets.

Ronald is survived by his siblings, Edward M. Sheets, Anita (Jerry) Smith, Linda Daly, and Karensue S. (John) Lemen; brother-in-law Jeff Daniel; stepdaughters, Kim Moore and Chellie Sudbrock; his nephews, Eddie Sheets Jr., Edward James Sheets; and his nieces, Paige Daniel and Melinda Wilson; his great nieces, Krissy Wilson, Sarah Wilson and Tiffany Osborne; a great-great niece, Isabella Osborne; and a very special friend and companion, Myrna Glassburn.

Ron enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling and spending time with his friends and family, especially his companion Myrna. Ron served 12 years in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam War. Ron worked at the Springfield Waste Water Treatment Plant until retiring in 2004.

Ron was an awesome man and one of a kind. He was kind, caring and compassionate and would do anything in the world for his family. He will be missed more than words can express. "Dear Ron, rest in peace. We love you forever."

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the VFW Post 1031, 1237 East Main Street, in the Youth Building behind the Club, Springfield, Ohio, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation, in Ron's memory, to either the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oliverfloyd.com.

Ralph Edward McEowen (January 6, 2018)

Ralph Edward McEowen, 79, of Greenville passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center. He was born on August 27, 1938, the son of the late Lowell E. and Dortha V. (Hathaway) McEowen.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Christina Moody; his brother, Robert H. McEowen; and his sister-in-law, Kathleen R. McEowen.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma June (Hendley) McEowen, whom he married August 6, 1960; his children, Saundra (Doug) Wright of Greenville, Nick (Bonnie) McEowen of Union City, Indiana, Carlton Conner of Greenville, Connie (Tom) Nies of Hudson, Florida, and Cathy Cox of Greenville; his grandchildren, Christopher Reier, Jennifer Lopez, Nicholas McEowen, Brooke McEowen, Brandon Conner, Stacy Miller-Dacey (David Dacey), Travis Miller, Ryan (Pam) Moody, and Chelsie (Manny) De La Cruze; 14 great grandchildren; his brother, Roger L. McEowen of Greenville; his sister, Rita (Ronald) Young of Rossburg; his sister-in-law, Mary K. (Stammen) McEowen of Rossburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ralph attended Rossburg, Ohio, local grade school and Jackson Township, Ohio high school. He was a former member of the Rossburg E. U. M. Church. Ralph served his country honorably in the U.S.Army for two years at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he would meet his future wife, June. Ralph was very talented mechanically as a young man on the farm and in the factory workplace. This became evident when he went to work at the Union City Body Company and later Workhorse, Inc., which he spent 40 plus years working in various departments. His greatest love was restoring antique automobiles. Space does not allow going into detail of all the various antique models he restored. 1931 and 1932 models of Chevrolets would become his lifetime passion. Ralph was well known over much of the U.S. for restoring 1931 and 1932 Chevrolet models from the ground up and furnishing many customers new parts and replacement kits, many of which he manufactured in his own shop. his '31 and '32 gems would stand out at the many Classic Car shows he participated in.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, January 10,2018 at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville.

Family and friends may visit on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Brock Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be made at www.oliverfloyd.com.

Stephen R. Schafer (January 5, 2018)

Stephen R. Schafer, age 67, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:58 AM at his residence. He was born on December 8, 1950 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Robert L. & Phyllis Lee (Ware) Schafer.

Steve is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carole (Hitchcock) Schafer, whom he married on July 2, 1981; step daughter and son in law, Jennifer & Daniel Light; son Daryl Rehmert; grandchildren, Morgan & Savannah Light and Harley, Hailee and Levi Rehmert; and beloved dog, Henry.

Steve retired from the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of Greenville Masonic Lodge #143; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason; Greenville Chapter #77, Royal Arch Masons, Past District President of the 3rd Capitular District, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio; former member of Matchett Council #91, Royal and Select Masons; and Jerusalem Commandery #75, Knights Templar of Ohio; and past member of the Antioch Shrine Masons of Dayton, Ohio. He was also a life member of Greenville VFW 7262 Auxiliary, the Loyal Order of Moose Greenville Lodge 325 and past member of WACO in Troy. Steve was honored by the Darke County Park District for his 100th hour of volunteering and was a 1969 graduate of Greenville High School. His hobbies and lifelong activities include but are not limited to; sailing, model-building, photography, fishing, reading, trains and traveling.

There will be a celebration of life service held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 7418 St. Rt. 121, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Brian McGee officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 4-7 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, as well as one hour prior to the service at church. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday at 6:45 PM at the funeral home followed by a Scottish Rite Ring Service.

In lieu of flowers it is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Care, St. John Lutheran Church or Darke County Parks (Shawnee Prairie Preserve).

The family would like to express their appreciation to Cleveland Clinic and Wayne HealthCare for their continued help throughout the past years.

Condolences for the family may be sent through www.zecharbailey.com

Danny J. Richards (January 4, 2018)

Danny J. Richards, 84, of Greenville, passed away on January 4, 2018 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born September 30, 1933 in Hollansburg, the son of the late Amon and Letha (Sharrit) Richards. In addition to his parents, Danny is preceded in death by his brothers, Amon Niles Richards, Dickie Richards, Jack Richards, Gary Richards, Billy Richards, Steve Richards and Gene Richards; his sisters, Jane Weschke, Maryilyn Kenworthy, Lois Arthur, and Janet Richhart and his loving fur babies, Jack Daniel, Maggie and Petie.

Danny served our country honorably in the U. S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1972. After retiring, Danny was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed small engine repair, carpentry, building pole barns and gardening. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

Danny is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wilma "Punk" (Lindamood) Richards of Hollansburg, whom he married November 26, 1956; his children, Mickie (Terry) Coleman of St. Louis, Missouri, Becki Scantland of Dayton, Darci (Pete) Stodd of Bellbrook, Dana (Rocky) Stahl of Greenville, and Niles A. (Ranee) Richards of Greenville; 19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Carolyn Richards of Hollansburg; his sister, Joan (Teaford) Bennett of Oregon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Hollansburg Cemetery with Rev. Eric Fee officiating with full graveside military services being conducted. Immediately following the graveside services, there will be a Celebration of Life gathering at the Greenville Moose Lodge, 1200 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hollansburg American Legion Post 708, 121 W. Liberty Street, Hollansburg, Ohio 45332.

Danny's family would like to thank the staff at Heartland of Greenville and Heartland Hospice for the exceptional care they gave to Danny during his stay there.

Online condolences may be shared with the family a www.oliverfloyd.com

Cathy Lee (Henning) Wolfe (January 4, 2018)

Cathy Lee (Henning) Wolfe, age 48, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Reid Hospital, Richmond, IN. She was born on September 26, 1969 in Darke County, Ohio, to Sandra Lee (Sanders) Henning of Miamisburg, Ohio, and the late Ralph Henning.

Cathy is survived by her husband David E. Wolfe whom she married on August 27, 2011; children, Amber Watson of Richmond, IN, Ashley Nichole (Shaun) Fourman of New Madison, OH, Jerrica Faith (Kel Hammel) Hartwick of Miamisburg, OH, Dorian Wolfe of Greenville, Dakota Hartwick of Greenville, and Alex (Lucinda Dowler) Wolfe of Hollansburg, OH; 15 grandchildren; brother, Chris Henning of Covington, OH; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father she is preceded in death by her grandmother, Florence Evelyn Sanders Baker; grandfather, Leonard Sanders; and friend, Patty Bey.

Cathy was a homemaker and absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Dennis Riffell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the American Diabetes Association or Darke County Cancer Association.

Condolences for the family may be sent through www.zecharbailey.com

Tracy M. Wehrkamp (January 4, 2018)

Tracy M. Wehrkamp, 55, of Rossburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio

Tracy was born on November 11, 1962, in Union City, Indiana to the late Nolan and Jane (Rosinski) Sullenbarger.

Tracy enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and being outside.

In addition to her parents, Tracy was preceded in death by her son, Matthew K. Wehrkamp; her brother, Kenny Sullenbarger; and her sister, Debbie Blankley.

Tracy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Kevin Wehrkamp, whom she married March 19, 1982; her children, Amanda Wehrkamp of Rossburg, Michelle Wehrkamp and Justin Fritz of Burkettsville; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Allen, Payton Rammel, Braxton Rammel, Brayden Fritz, Dylan Wehrkamp, and Kyle Wehrkamp; her daughter-in-law, Ronnie Wehrkamp of Union City; brothers and sister-in-law; Nolan (Debbie) Sullenbarger of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Daniel Sullenbarger of Greenville; her sister and brother-in-law, Becky (Rodney) Winn of Union City, Indiana; several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7 PM, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Terry Haworth officiating.

Family and friends may visit on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 5-7PM also at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery at a later date.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Tracy's family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Frank Donald Leas (January 4, 2018)

Frank Donald Leas, age 83 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:49 PM Thursday January 4, 2018 at the Reid Health Care Center Richmond, Indiana. Don was born June 13, 1934 in Butler Township Darke County Ohio and the son of the late Frank S. and Anna (Whittaker) Leas.

Don was a member of the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville, retired from Corning Inc. in 1996 after 39 years of employment and enjoyed buying, restoring and selling cars.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Douglas Leas in 2000, brother Robert Leas and sisters Betty Harris and Ellen Peck.

Don’s survivors are his significant other Lois Braund of New Madison; children Gregory Donald Leas of Greenville, Robert Leroy (Jeanette) Leas of Greenville, Ronald Dean (Jessica) Leas of Barbourville, KY and Rebecca Lynn Leas of New Madison; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday January 9, 2018 in the Trinity Wesleyan Church 1400 East Main Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Rick Kavanaugh officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery Ft. Jefferson, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville.

Funeral Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Josephine Ann Lehman (January 4, 2018)

Josephine Ann Lehman age 80, of Greenville passed away at 10:18 AM on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Josephine was born April 17, 1937, in Greenville to the late Ralph & L. Byrdine (Hunter) Byrd. In addition to her parents, Josephine was also preceded in death by her 1st husband, William Harold Barnett; 2nd husband, Donald B. Lehman; sister, Virginia Byrd Jones; and a niece, Chrissy Ellison.

Josephine is survived by her daughters & son-in-law, Melanie & Kerry Neargarder of Union City, Ohio and Stephanie Lehman of Greenville; grandchildren, Daniel & Brandy Neargarder, Melissa & Jason Good, Rebecca & Dan Shardo, Kayla & Josh Anguiano, Hope Neargarder and Paige Neargarder; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Chloe, Tryston, Danika, Kohen, Nathan, Cameron, Joshua and Jeremiah; sisters, Sue Byrd of Sun City Center, Florida and Carol Byrd of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Josephine was a homemaker. She was a member of Daystar Grace Brethren Church in Union City, Indiana.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Nick Philiposian officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

James “Jim” Ray Ploch (January 2, 2018)

James “Jim” Ray Ploch, 63, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 02, 2018 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born September 11, 1954 in Greenville, the son of the late Sherman and Esther (Goens) Ploch.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Ploch and a brother-in-law, Paul Strain.

Jim had a love of yardwork and enjoyed mowing and would adopt any cat that needed a home. He also worked at Neff Company for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gayle (Strain) Ploch, whom he married November 14, 1987; his children, Heather Ploch and Jason Ploch, both of Greenville; his sister, Cynthia Ploch of Wayne Lakes; a nephew, Samuel Ploch of Greenville; a brother-in-law, Thomas Strain of New Madison; and two sisters-in-law, Gloria Ploch and Carol Strain both of Greenville.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1PM Friday, January 5, 2018 at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Eric Fee officiating.

Family and friends may visit from 4PM to 7PM, Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the funeral home and again Friday from 12PM to 1PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231 or donate online at www.heart.org

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Charlene Louise McGriff (December 23, 2017)

Charlene Louise McGriff age 91, of Greenville passed away at 3:15 PM on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at her residence.

Charlene was born October 3, 1926, in Darke County to the late Carl & Gladys (Bayman) Fox. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Keith McGriff on May 14, 2000 whom she married October 10, 1947; son-in-law, Greg Martin; brother, Bill Fox; and sister, JoAnn Mendez.

Charlene is survived by her children, Tom & Rochelle McGriff of Indianapolis, Steve & Beverly McGriff of Florida, Jill Martin of Sidney, Joy & Scott Thompson of Union City, Ohio, John McGriff of Greenville and Mark & Andrea McGriff of Dayton; grandchildren, Betsy Smith, Tara Fuhrhop, Molly Riehle, Jenny Copp, Laura Michaud, Ben Martin, Andrew Martin, Lance Thompson, Logan Thompson, Samantha McGriff, Jessica McGriff and Jordon McGriff; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlene worked in the cafeteria at Greenville Schools where she was a cook for 15years. She was a member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren. She was an avid walker, loved to attend her grandchildren’s sports activities and gardening.

A celebration of Charlene’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Oakland Church of the Brethren 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Rd. Bradford with Pastor John Sgro officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Oakland Church of the Brethren. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Edna (Hill) Eberst (December 31, 2017)

Edna (Hill) Eberst, 97, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Brookdale of Greenville.

She was born September 23, 1920 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of the late James Cafferty and Sophia Veronica (Riehm) Barnett.

In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death, on June 26. 1961, by her first husband, Kenneth L. Hill, whom she married on December 17, 1945 in Vallejo, California. She was preceded in death, on February 4, 2005, by her second husband, Gordon Eberst, whom she married on July 3, 1982 in Gettysburg, Ohio. Edna was also preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters.

Edna retired from Hobarts of Greenville in 1983. She was a member of Gettysburg Presbyterian Church for over fifty years. She was a homemaker, enjoyed farming, sewing and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three children and their spouses, Connie Sinclair of Greenville, Thomas and Darlene Hill of Gettysburg, and Gary and Barb Hill of Pitsburg; four grandchildren and their spouses, Karen and Darrell Leis, Thomas and Shelly Hill, Nancy and Karl Albers, Sean and Sheridee McAfee; nine great grandchildren and their spouses, Megan and Ben Stull, Nathan and Kendra Hill, Emily Hill, Jacob Hill, Tyler Overholser and his fiancé Keona George, Ben Albers, Sam Albers, Jordan McAfee, and Graciana McAfee; and a great-great grandson, Benson Stull; step grandchildren and their spouses, Molly and Brian Ring, Darrek and Addie Leis, Darren and Kim Leis and Natalee Swallow; step great grandchildren, Landon Ring, and Avery Ring; and a step great-great granddaughter, Lux Leis.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12PM, Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit Thursday from 10AM until 12PM at the funeral Home

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway St. Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Frederick “Fred” (BoBo) Fellers (December 31, 2017)

Frederick “Fred” (BoBo) Fellers, age 87 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:53 PM Sunday December 31, 2017 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Fred was born October 11, 1930 in Darke County near Arcanum, Ohio and the son of the late Merlin & Frances (Sink) Fellers.

He was retired having worked for 24 years at the former N.C.R. Corporation of Dayton then BASF of Greenville followed with part time employment at Car Quest and Rodefeld’s both of Greenville. He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville and a past member of the SPEBSQSA (Barber Shop Chorus).

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Pauline Fellers and a stillborn brother Donald Fellers.

Fred is survived by his wife Wilma Jean (Hahn) Fellers of Greenville. They were married February 6, 1952. Also children Douglas (Pat) Fellers of Greenville, Daniel (Candy) Fellers of Miamisburg and Lori (Mike) Lemon of Greenville; grandchildren Eric (Stacy) Fellers, Nick (Alyssa) Fellers, Arinne (David) Lee, Ashley (Leslie) Fellers, Justin Fellers, Kari Lemon, Julie (Brian) Cook and Chance (Lauren) Tussey; 10 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild on the way; sister Alice Mae Harleman as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday January 6, 2018 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM and Saturday 1 hour prior to the services in the funeral home. The Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct Full Military Honors Saturday at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Care, St. Paul Lutheran Church or Greenville Girls Softball Association (GGSA) all of Greenville.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Tammie Lee Gilmore (December 30, 2017)

Tammie Lee Gilmore, age 60, of Piqua, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:06 PM at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, Ohio. She was born on November 24, 1957 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Lester Franklin & Ruth Helen (Hess) Gilmore.

Tammie is survived by her children, Josh (Mindee Maitlen) Gilmore of Greenville and Fanta` (Brandon Montague) Gilmore of Piqua, Ohio; grandchildren, Oaniece Weaver, Oakley Gilmore and Isaiah Gilmore; siblings, Eddie Grace Young of Greenville, Frank (Claudia) Gilmore of Greenville, Gary (Cheryl) Gilmore of Greenville, Patty Jett of Greenville and Jill Jett of Indianapolis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by friend, Thomas Ester; sister, Deana Joseph; and brother in law, Steve Young.

Tammie loved children and worked at the Kids Learning Place in Greenville where she was a Preschool Teacher for the Head Start Program. Tammie enjoyed reading and was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan. She absolutely loved the Christmas holiday but most of all loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Transformed Life Church in Piqua.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:30 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Brian Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in the Brock Cemetery, Brock, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 12:30 PM until the time of the service at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Kidney Foundation, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43231 or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Condolence for the family may be sent through www.zecharbailey.com

Eugene Bradford Wagner (December 29, 2017)

Eugene Bradford Wagner, age 85, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:05 AM at Village Green Healthcare Center, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on September 27, 1932 in Modesto, California to the late Clay & Orpha (Price) Wagner.

Gene is survived by his wife of 59 years Ruby E. (Sell) Wagner of Greenville, Ohio, whom he married on June 14, 1958; son, Paul Wagner of Bradford, Ohio, daughter and son in law, Lois & Stephen Britsch of New Lebanon, Ohio; grandchildren, Sarah Britsch and Rachel Britsch; brothers and sister in law, Daniel Wagner of Greenville and Joseph & Letha Wagner of Modesto, CA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter in law, Barb Wagner; brother, Alvin Wagner and sister in law, Thelma Jean Wagner.

Gene was a plumber for many years before retiring in 1997 from the Darke County Health Department where he worked as a plumber inspector for 17 years. He enjoyed farming, astronomy and traveling. Along with his wife they visited all 48 contiguous states.

There will be a service held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Oakland Church of the Brethren, Bradford, Ohio, with Pastor John Sgro officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Bradford, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers it is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Pilot Dogs, Inc. (Guide dogs for the blind), 625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614) 221-6367, www.pilotdogs.org. Condolences for the family may be sent through www.zecharbailey.com